The Vicktory Dogs
It's the stuff that legends are made of.
The Michael Vick dogs have proved that there's no such thing
as "too damaged." That there's no such thing as "beyond
hope." And that no dog is inherently vicious, no matter her breed or
Michael Vick case
These are the dogs who were rescued from the property of NFL
star Michael Vick, from his Bad Newz Kennels. They'd been used and abused -
some as fighters, some as bait. And when they were confiscated, they were in
danger of being killed. Even some animal welfare groups argued that these dogs
were too traumatized and had been made too vicious to live.
But Best Friends was among those who fought for these dogs'
lives. And in the end, their lives were spared, and 22 of the most traumatized
came here, to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, where the quest to rehabilitate
Helping abused dogs
It wasn't easy. Some of these dogs would flatten themselves
like pancakes to avoid being noticed by people. Some would threaten. And some
needed medical attention. But like all of the 1,700 or so homeless pets who
take refuge here at the Sanctuary on any given day, they received every bit of
training, veterinary care, compassion, and in-depth emotional healing that they
were so desperately in need of.
Michael Vick dogs
become Vicktory dogs
Today, they are called the Vicktory dogs, and with good
reason. Many are now in loving homes, starting new lives as beloved family
members. Some have been on TV, wowing audiences with their excellent behavior and
kind, loving eyes. And a few were court-ordered to remain at Best Friends for
life. But they too are healing and blossoming, and will enjoy a life of
spacious beauty among the red rock canyons, their painful ordeals forever
behind them. They are all Vicktorious.